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Bangladesh Cricket Board in search for new global rights-holder

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed a three-member committee to create the tender process for its global media rights following the conclusion of its previous agreement for the rights with the Nimbus Communications agency.

The board’s deal with Nimbus expired on April 30. It was for six years, from November 2006, and included a minimum guarantee of $56.88 million (€44.44 million).

Nimbus declined to exercise a first-right-of-refusal clause in its contract. An official from the agency told the Indiantelevision.com website that it would not exercise the right as the BCB had failed to provide the promised number of tours during its six-year duration, from late 2006 until this year.

According to the official, the board had promised three India tours, two South Africa tours, two England tours and one Australia tour. “Instead, they gave us four Zimbabwe and three Sri Lanka tours,” the official said.

Local press reports said payment disputes during the previous deal had also caused friction between the two parties.